Some parks are just not created equal. Some are merely swing sets looking for a bit of love. Others have themes that entertain and challenge. And yet there are parks that combine the best of nature, playgrounds and amusement parks. Dan Nicholas Park (https://www.rowancountync.gov/185/Dan-Nicholas-Park) in Salisbury NC is one of the latter parks. Continue reading “Dan Nicholas Park”
Bike riding can be fun and no matter the age, and re-discovering or discovering for the first time the joy of pedaling can be exhilarating.
So local pedal paths are predominately paved (see what I did there?). We (Gmama and I) have pedaled a few spots both by ourselves and with our gkids. So here are some highlights: Continue reading “Biking Around”
The gkids are learning how to ride bicycles. At first, they treated the bikes timidly but after several attempts and practices, they are almost too fearless (as far as Pa is concerned). Riding up and down the driveway, then escorted down the street they proved they had the stamina to try out riding on a greenway.
Analise, our granddaughter, had an exciting morning at her school, Triad Baptist Christian Academy, participating in Field Day. Playing outside all morning on a sunny Carolina day would normally tire out anyone, but this young lady wanted to join her friends and cousins for lunch and more play at the Fourth of July Park in Kernersville, NC. Of course, all of the other kids were boys leaving Analise the center of attention during the entire playtime. Continue reading “Fourth of July Park”
Here’s the Egad! moment: I am going to just write down a rather lengthy list with some explanations and leave it at that. If I were forced to make a single suggestion it would be make a visit by yourself before taking the kids (or read the articles about the Bullhole more closely than I did) so you can make a mental checklist of what you want to do there, what “stuff” you feel you may need, and how long you will want to stay (set expectations). Having said that as we were leaving two large parties (6-10 people each) made their way down to the riverbank carrying coolers, blankets, life vests for the younger kids, and an array of chairs – they had obviously been there before and knew what to do and bring. Continue reading “Egad! Part 2 Lessons and Notes”
So today provided much food for thought and a realization that no matter how much you plan for an adventure, something will invariably be left out. The exploration today involved visiting two new places, The Bullhole River Park in Woodleaf NC and Hot Diggity Dogs and Ice Cream in Cooleemee NC and one place we’ve been to before, The Village Point Lake in Clemmons NC. Because of the multiple adventures, this blog will be a tad longer than others…and is split into two postings: one this rendition and one covering Lessons and Attraction Notes.
Tanglewood Park located in Clemmons NC became our second spot to try to catch “the big one.” Located near the Yadkin River, we approached the entry gate to find out the rules about fishing in the park. With the kids age…and my age…it cost 75 cents to buy a pass to fish the whole day at the two lakes in the park: Mallard and Skilpot. So off we went to start our adventure at the bigger of the two, Mallard Lake.
There are times when the boys and I want to see a bit of land, air and sea so we wander over to the Greensboro Science Center. After we paid for admission (Science Center only not additional activities like Skywild) we entered the building and tossed our entrance tokens into the charity of our choice. Then the adventure began with migrating to the sea side (Aquarium) of the center.
“Life is a fragment, a moment between two eternities, influenced by all that has preceded, and to influence all that follows. The only way to illumine it is by extent of view.” (William Ellery Channing)
Taking a few moments out of the day I randomly picked a local town to visit: Enon NC. On my way to and from there, I noticed a sign for “Old US 421 River Park” just inside the Forsyth County line. This is a small park set on the bank of the Yadkin River and it features a few picnic tables, a couple of swings, a horseshoe pit and lots of area to just throw down a blanket and relax. The concrete pathway, however, caught my attention since it rolled down to the river.
Reading the sign posted by the walkway, this access point is a great jump off place to canoe, kayak or raft with egress at the Tanglewood Park Access. For the avid water seeker, this is a journey of 5.5-8 hours on a 15.7 mile stretch of the Yadkin River.
And yes, those are my shoes on a rail. Continue reading “Precarious”